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Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind

Overview of attention for article published in Science, July 2014
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Title
Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind
Published in
Science, July 2014
DOI 10.1126/science.1250830
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Authors

Timothy D. Wilson, David A. Reinhard, Erin C. Westgate, Daniel T. Gilbert, Nicole Ellerbeck, Cheryl Hahn, Casey L. Brown, Adi Shaked

Abstract

In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 25 3%
United Kingdom 10 1%
Netherlands 5 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
Canada 4 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 16 2%
Unknown 747 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 158 19%
Researcher 137 17%
Student > Master 112 14%
Student > Bachelor 91 11%
Professor 57 7%
Other 177 22%
Unknown 87 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 291 36%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 78 10%
Social Sciences 47 6%
Business, Management and Accounting 45 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 43 5%
Other 189 23%
Unknown 126 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2617. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 April 2022.
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#2,061
of 21,257,749 outputs
Outputs from Science
#122
of 76,381 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#7
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#1
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